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Mastering scores narrow Caulfield win

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MasteringscoresnarrowCaulfieldwin

January5,20196:30pm。

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MasteringnarrowlyjustifiedhisfavouritismfortheFionaJamiesonHandicapatCaulfield。

WhatlookedlikeitmighthavebeengoingtobeacomfortablevictoryforMasteringhasturnedintoafewanxiousmomentsforconnectionsandsupportersoftheshort-pricedfavouriteatCaulfield。

TheMickPrice-trainedgeldingwastheshortest-pricedfavouriteonSaturdaysnine-raceprogramat$1。

70intheFionaJamiesonHandicapinhisfirsttestover1400mthispreparation。

Andwhilehegotthejobdone,itwasonlybythebarestofmarginsontheline。

JockeyJakeNoonangaveMasteringabox-seatridebeforeproducinghimatthetopofthestraightandheracedtothelead。

ButMasteringwasforcedtoholdonovertheconcludingstagesasHarbourGrey,riddenbyBrettPrebble,cameoffhisbackandsurgedlateonlytobedeniedbyanose。

Despitethenarrowmargin,NoonanfelttherewasstillmeritintheperformanceandbelievesMasteringwouldhavekickedstrongerhadhehadsomethingelsetochaseinthestraight。

Itwasagoodeffort,Noonansaid。

Hewasuptothe1400-metreswhichwasobviouslyalittlequestionmarkforhimbutIhadtherightsoftrunintransit。

Heputpaytothemprettywellatthetopofthestraightbutjustgotalittlebitlostonhisown。

Iwasntsureontheline。

IsaidtoBrettPrebble,didyougetme?

HeshookhisheadsoIwasprayingtoGodhewasright。

Masteringhasreturnedthispreparationasageldingandregisteredtwowinsandasecondfromthreestarts。

ThemeetingalsofeaturedanoverduewinforBlackSailwhohadfinishedeithersecondorthirdinhispastfourstarts。

BlackSailwasthe$2。

70favouriteintheNicholasRehfischHandicap(1600m)andwasforcedtofighthardtogetpastleaderPrimainanon-pacedominatedracebeforeedgingclearlatetoscorebyhalfalengthwithanotherlengthtoAmadeusthird。

Tosaythehorseandhisownersdeservethatwouldbeputtingitlightly,co-trainerDavidEustacesaid。


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